Atlanta – Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph T. Hudgens and the Georgia State Fire Marshal urge parents to protect their children (and themselves) from the dangers of fireworks during the New Year’s holiday.
Georgia law defines prohibited fireworks to include all fireworks, with the exception of: “Wire or wood sparklers of 100 grams or less of mixture per item; other sparkling items which are non-explosive and non-aerial and contain 75 grams or less of chemical compound per tube or a total of 200 grams or less for multiple tubes; snake and glow worms; trick noise makers which include paper streamers, party poppers, string poppers, snappers, and drop pops each consisting of 0.25 grains or less of explosive mixture.”
The sale and individual use of any type of firework, except certain kinds of sparklers, is illegal in Georgia. In Georgia, it is unlawful for any person to sell any legal device to individuals under the age of 18 years. Individuals purchasing items are required to provide proper identification to the seller at the time of the sale.
The penalties for illegal fireworks are a maximum fine of up to $1,000 and/or a sentence of up to one year in jail. Professional fireworks displays are permitted provided they are licensed through the local judge of probate court.
“According to the National Fire Protection Association’s latest published data, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,800 people for fireworks related injuries,” Hudgens said. “Approximately 39% of these injuries occurred among children age 14 years and younger.”